Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kathy Bates Moments

I'm no Annie Wilkes, but Jenny recently pointed out to me that I have developed the creepy habit of writing fan letters to, well, people that I am fans of. When did this happen to me?

It all started in 2003 when Nicky and I went to Europe together. Our final destination was Rome as her family was congregating there due to the fact that her grandmother was working on "The Life Aquatic." I was a nutso fan of Wes Anderson at the time so I wrote him a letter for Nicky's granma to pass along. I don't remember exactly what I wrote but I DO remember asking, "If you could be any animal, what would you be?" I was 21, by the way, not 8. The great shame of my life (which I can't believe I'm about to reveal) is that he did NOT write me back.

Now let's fast forward to last year when I wrote to Steve Toltz (not to be confused with Steve Holt!), author of A Fraction of the Whole. I asked him if he was anything like Martin Dean, father of the main character. Then surprise! He wrote me back. Two words - No comment.

More recently I wrote to Nick Harkaway, author of my current favorite book, The Gone-Away World. I told him what a big fan I was and that (at the risk of sounding creepy) I would love to get a drink next time he's in NY. What's the big deal about that? And guess what he actually wrote back! Cha-ching! (Photo of him below)

Hello, Shanon!

Really glad you liked the book, and thank you for dropping me a line. I'm trying to finish the second one even now - hence my slightly tardy response - and having a whale of a time (between bouts of sulfurous swearing when I can't get something to work.)

Not creepy at all, by the way. We don't get out to NYC all that often, but I'm sure there'll be a moment some time in 2010. I'm definitely going to pay a visit to the Word bookshop in Brooklyn and some other places - I may have to have some sort of mass meet-up in a bar or something. Def come by Twitter if you're of a mind - nice way to meet people before meeting, as it were.


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